30-Second Reviews: The Top 10 Records of 2012, "The Late Late Show" and a Private Meek Mill Party

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6. Jessie Ware
Devotion
(Island)
Sounds like: A stunning soul singer from Britain blowing away her peers.
Free association: Consciously channeling Sade and knocking it out of the park.
For fans of: Jill Scott x Maxwell + Whitney Houston, deep U.K. soul. (B.C.)

 

 

 

7. Tame Impala
Lonerism
(Modular)
Sounds like: Exquisite Aussie psych rock that’s dipped in funk and noise.
Free association: When “Elephant” emerged, we knew this one would be nasty.
For fans of: Pink Mountaintops + MGMT x White Denim, weirdo rock. (B.C.)

 

 

 

8. Daughn Gibson
All Hell
(White Denim)
Sounds like: A local hero’s debut as a solo artist, and it’s a dark, beautiful opus.
Free association: His tour-opening night at Ortlieb’s was a favorite of the year.
For fans of: Johnny Cash + Roy Orbison x Matthew Dear, trucker sexiness. (B.C.)

 

 

 

9. Grizzly Bear
Shields
(Warp)
Sounds like: The Brooklyn folk favorites’ fifth is another beautiful collection.
Free association: Another veteran band getting better as they get older.
For fans of: Liars/TV on the Radio, Calexico x Beck + Sufjan, complex folk. (B.C.)

 

 

 

10. P!nk
The Truth About Love
(RCA)
Sounds like: She makes new fans and keeps her base with a brilliant pop LP.
Free association: The leading lady of nontraditional pop icons steps it up.
For fans of: Gwen Stefani x Kelly Clarkson + Joan Jett, Janis, sexy punks. (B.C.)

 

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